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Theater Collection, 1870-1982
12 boxes (7 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 450

Abstract:
The collection documents the work of women in the performing arts, especially American actresses, women playwrights, and dancers. There are biographical files on individuals; articles and dissertations; several contemporary plays by women; and printed material on women filmmakers and feminist theater.

Terms of Access and Use:

The collection is open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection with the following exceptions:

Access to audiovisual materials may first require production of research copies.

This collection has not been fully processed; therefore it may be difficult to use.

Material in this collection may be protected by copyright and it is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy all copyright holders. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Scope and Contents of the Collection
Tom Thumb, Mrs. Tom Thumb, and Tom Thumb's brother, undated

Tom Thumb, Mrs. Tom Thumb, and
Tom Thumb's brother, undated

The collection documents the work of women in the performing arts, especially American actresses, women playwrights, and dancers. There are biographical files on individuals such as Maude Adams, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Doris Day, Marlene Dietrich, Isadora Duncan, Cloris Leachman, Ida Lupino, Tatum O'Neal, Mary Pickford, Lillian Russell, Marlo Thomas, and Cicely Tyson, among others. Articles and dissertations include topics related to women in theater and dance, including biographical writings on Hallie Flanagan, Lillian Helman, Katherine Cornell, Eva LeGallienne, Olive Logan, Alla Nazimova, Cornelia Otis Skinner, and Ruth St. Denis. Also included are several contemporary plays by women, and printed material on women filmmakers and feminist theater.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The collection is open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection with the following exceptions:

Access to audiovisual materials may first require production of research copies.

This collection has not been fully processed; therefore it may be difficult to use.

Material in this collection may be protected by copyright and it is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy all copyright holders. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Theater Collection, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

Materials in this subject collection were either purchased or given to the Sophia Smith Collection by various donors.

Accruals:

Periodic additions are expected.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email Reference Form: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/ssc/emailform.html
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Language
English
Contents List
General and miscellaneous



Bibliography and note cards
circa 1975

Box 1: folder 1
American Women Playwrights and correspondence
1979

Box 1: folder 2
Chinoy: flyer, activities list, pamphlets, and newsletter
1975-82

Box 1: folder 3
Correspondence and mailing
1975-79

Box 1: folder 4
Dance: clippings and memo
1854-1982

Box 1: folder 5
Helen Duberstein: clippings
1972-76

Box 1: folder 6
Actors & Actresses: photographs
1888-90

Box 1: folder 7
Toulouse-Lautrec: postcards
n.d.

Box 1: folder 8
Film



Catalogs



Serious Business Company,
1976

Box 2
Women and their Sexuality in the New Film, by Joan Mellen
1973

Box 2
Women's Films in Print, by Bonnie Dawson
circa 1975

Box 2
Workprint
1976

Box 2: folder 9
Flyers, pamphlets, and correspondence
1972-81

Box 2: folder 10
Flyers, newsletters, clippings, correspondence, and pamphlets
1962-73

Box 2: folder 11
Handbook, programs, and pamphlets
1972-75

Box 2: folder 12
Pamphlets, flyers, and articles
1973-81

Box 2: folder 13
Stage



Note:

[see also: Employment Collection for script of play by Elizabeth McFadden- The Product of the Mill (1912)- on shelf]

Scrapbook: clippings and photographs
1929-31

Box 3
Clippings
1969-79

Box 3: folder 14
General Articles
1855-1929

Box 3: folder 15
Newsletter and address labels
1975-81

Box 3: folder 16
Reviews, pamphlet, clippings, and scripts
1971-80

Box 3: folder 17
Guerilla Theatre: pamphlets
n.d.

Box 3: folder 18
I Woman: stories, poster, scripts, and poems
1961-70

Box 3: folder 19
Feminist Theater



Pamphlets, play, calendar, and correspondence
1975-85

Box 3: folder 20
General: pamphlets, poster, articles, and programs
1972-75

Box 3: folder 21
Performers



Adams, Maude



Photographs, clippings, and correspondence
1900-57

Box 4: folder 22
Script
n.d.

Box 4: folder 23
Anderson, Mary: photographs, clippings, correspondence, and book
1877-95

Box 4: folder 24
Barnett, Margo: pamphlet
n.d.

Box 4: folder 25
Bernhart, Sarah: photographs, clippings, and pamphlets
1891-1922

Box 4: folder 26
Bloom, Claire: clippings
1971

Box 4: folder 27
Cayvan, Georgia: clippings
1884-86

Box 4: folder 28
Connard, Phyllis (with Lynn Fontanne)


Box 4: folder 29
Crabtree, Lotta: clippings
n.d.

Box 4: folder 30
Crawford, Joan: photograph and clipping
1978

Box 4: folder 31
Davis, Bette: photograph and clippings
1978

Box 4: folder 32
Day, Doris: clipping
n.d.

Box 4: folder 33
Dietrich, Marlene: photograph and clipping
1977

Box 4: folder 34
Draper, Ruth: clippings and correspondence
1954-57

Box 4: folder 35
Duncan, Isadora: clipping ,
1927

Box 4: folder 36
Duse, Eleonora: articles, pamphlets, photograph, and clippings
1896-1924

Box 4: folder 37
Elssler, Franzisca (Fanny), Ballet dancer: "letters and journal"
1845

Box 4: folder 38
Enters, Angna: programs and clippings
1933-46

Box 4: folder 39
Espert, Nuria: clippings
1972

Box 4: folder 40
Faucit, Helen: scrapbook
1917

Box 4: folder 40a
Fiske, Minnie Maddern: clippings, correspondence, and photograph
1924-32

Box 4: folder 41
Fonda, Jane: clippings
1970-71

Box 4: folder 42
Gerstenberg, Alice: articles
1947-48

Box 4: folder 43
Alice Gerstenberg Experimental Theatre Workshop: book
1958

Box 4: folder 44
Gordon, Ruth: clipping
1973-76

Box 4: folder 45
Gregory, Augusta Persse Lady: clippings
1860-1932

Box 4: folder 46
Hamlin, Joanne: pamphlets, programs, clippings, and photographs
1976

Box 5: folder 47
Harris, Julia Ann (Julie): clippings and magazine
1955-79

Box 5: folder 48
Havoc, June: photographs, Early Havoc, clippings

[see also Books on Shelf]

1959

Box 5: folder 49
Hayes, Helen: clipping
1975

Box 5: folder 50
Hellman, Lillian: articles and clippings
1975-76

Box 5: folder 51
Holzer, Adela: clippings
1975

Box 5: folder 52
Jackson, Glenda: clippings
1971

Box 5: folder 53
Kendal, Madhe: photograph
1889

Box 5: folder 54
Kennedy, Edith Wynne: correspondence
n.d.

Box 5: folder 55
Lamb, Myrna: articles, clippings, and pamphlet
1970-71

Box 5: folder 56
Lasser, Louise: clipping
1976

Box 5: folder 57
Leachman, Cloris: clipping
1975

Box 5: folder 58
Leontovich, Eugenie: clipping
1972

Box 5: folder 59
Loden, Barbara: clipping
1970

Box 5: folder 60


Box 5
Lupino, Ida: clippings
1974

Box 5: folder 61
Marlowe, Julia: photograph, article, and correspondence
1892

Box 5: folder 62
Marsh, Jean: clipping
1974

Box 5: folder 63
Mather, Margaret: photograph
n.d.

Box 5: folder 64
Meader, Clara Fisher: clipping
1897

Box 5: folder 65
Mercouri, Melina: clippings
1971

Box 5: folder 66
Morris, Clara

[see Morris]



Box 5
O'Neal, Tatum: clippings
1973

Box 5: folder 67
Pavowa, Anna: clippings
1931

Box 5: folder 68
Pickford, Mary: clippings and correspondence
1937-79

Box 5: folder 69
Rachel (Elisa Felix): correspondence and clippings
1843-1913

Box 5: folder 70
Rehan, Ada: correspondence and A Daughter of Comedy
1891

Box 5: folder 71
Robinor, Hanna: photograph
n.d.

Box 5: folder 72
Russell, Anna: The Power of Being a Positive Stinker with LP record
1955

Box 5: folder 73
Russell, Lillian: clippings
1922

Box 5: folder 74
Seeback, Marie: memoir
1891

Box 5: folder 75
Siddons, Sarah: photograph, clipping, and article
1845

Box 5: folder 76
Terry, Ellen: articles and clippings

[see also Garrison photographs]

1907-58

Box 5: folder 77
Thomas, Marlo: clippings
1975

Box 5: folder 78
Tyson, Cicely: clipping
1978

Box 5: folder 79
Ward, Genevieve: memoir

[see also letter in N.E. Hospital Collection]

1863

Box 5: folder 80
Webster, Margaret: programs
1964

Box 5: folder 81
Audio tapes


Box 6
#1 Cheryl Crawford


Box 6
#2 Celeste Holm, Ann Burr


Box 6
#3 Megan Terry


Box 6
#4 Ann Burr, Vinie Burrows, Ethyl Barrymore Colb, Dorothy Olim


Box 6
Microfilm



#1. Humble, A.L.: Matilda Heron, American Actress,
1959

Box 6
#2. James Walton Swain, Dept. of Theatre & Speech, Tulane University: Mrs. Alexander Drake, A Biographical Study
1970

Box 6
#3. Loganbill, G. Bruce: Cornelia Otis Skinner and her Art Form of Monologue


Box 6
Articles and pamphlets



General,
1961-76

Box 6: folder 82
Matriarchs of the Regional Theatre
1975

Box 6: folder 83
A Salute to Women in Theatre, the Charles Macarthur Center for American Theatre


Box 6: folder 84
Drama for Health, by E. Macer Story


Box 6
Mattack, Cynthia S.: On the Affinity Between the Historiography of Theatre History and Women Studies
1974

Box 6: folder 85
Settlement House Theatre: Community & Theatrical Transformations, Sonja Enloe
1982

Box 6: folder 86
PhD theses



Rosamond Gilder and the Theatre, by C. Dodge
1975

Box 7
A Study of Character in Selected Plays of William Inge: Come Back…J. Epolito
1974

Box 7
The Career of Rachel Corothers in the American Drama, by I. Abrahmson
1956

Box 7
The Development of the Leading Feminine Character in Selected Librettos of American…, by E. Klein
1962

Box 7
A Descriptive Study of the Acting of Alla Nazimova, by M. McKerrow
1974

Box 7
The Role of Ruth St. Denis in the History of American Dance, 1906-1922, by C. Schlundt
1958

Box 7
Hallie Flanagan: Her Role in American Theatre, 1924-1935, by B. Mendoza,volume I
1976

Box 7
Dancing Ground: An Approach to the criticism of the Modern Dance, by N. Hitchcock II


Box 8
Lillian Hellman and Her Critics, by M. L. McPherson


Box 8
Hallie Flanagan: Her Role in American Theatre, 1924-1935, by B. Mendoza, volume II
1976

Box 8
Women In Focus in Major Plays and Productions of Rachel Corothers, by Z. Kaplan
1979

Box 9
Leontovich/Chinoy Interview: IBM belts
1968

Box 10
Plays, contemporary



Asher, Sandra Fenichel


Box 11
Afterthoughts in Eden
1974

Box 11
How I Nearly Changed the World, but Didn't (Not Yet, Anyway)


Box 11
Focus On Me, by Bobbi Ausubel
1974

Box 11
Boesing, Martha


Box 11
The Gelding
1974

Box 11
Pimp
1977

Box 11
Penelope, by Sophy Burnham
1976

Box 11
Can You Hear Their Voices?, Vassar Experimental Theatre.


Box 11
Aunt Ealdygyth is Coming Today! Stand Back!, by Anita Gustafson
1975

Box 11
Both Ancient and Modern, by J. Gates
n.d.

Box 12
Susan LaTempa


Box 12
A Play of One's Own…The Story of Virginia Woolf
1974

Box 12
Wanda Winner
1975

Box 12
Minnie's Last Jig, by L. Morris
1976

Box 12
Love from the Madhouse: A One-Act Play, by E. Nass
1972

Box 12
Stars in a Person's Backyard, by Jay Presson


Box 12
Approaching Simone, by M. Terry
1973

Box 12
Impression of Loving, by Louise Thompson


Box 12
Donna Wilshire


Box 12
A Revolution is a Circle
1976

Box 12
Daughters of Liberty
1976

Box 12
OVERSIZE MATERIALS



Portraits reproduced from the Sophia Smith Collection: Great Ladies of the Theatre
n.d.

Flat file
Miscellaneous photographs of actors, playbills, and circus bills
1851, 1858, n.d.

Flat file
BOOKS ON SHELF



Havoc, June, Early Havoc
1959


Logan, Olive, Before the Footlights and Behind the Scenes
1870


Margetts, Ralph E., A Study of the Theatrical Career of Julia Dan Hayne
1959


Moffat, Marjorie, The One Woman Show
1935


Moss, Linda T., A Historical Sketch of Katharine Cornell as an Actress-Producer, 1931-1960, (2 copies)
1974


Schanke, Robert A., Eva Le Gallienne: First Lady of Repertory
1975


Small, Miriam R., Charlotte Ramsay Lennox
1935


Stephens, Judith L., The Central Female Characters in the Pulitzer Prize Plays, 1918-1949
1977



Search Terms
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Subjects
  • Actors--United States--Biography--Sources
  • Actresses--United States--Biography--Sources
  • Cornell, Katharine, 1893-1974--Biography--Sources
  • Dancers--United States--Biography--Sources
  • Feminist theater--United States--History--Sources
  • Flanagan, Hallie, 1890-1969--Biography--Sources
  • Hellman, Lillian, 1906- --Biography--Sources
  • Le Gallienne, Eva, 1899- --Biography--Sources
  • Nazimova, 1879-1945--Biography--Sources
  • Skinner, Cornelia Otis, 1901- --Biography--Sources
  • St. Denis, Ruth, 1880-1968--Biography--Sources
  • Theater--United States--History--Sources
  • Women dramatists, American--Biography--Sources
  • Women in motion pictures--History--Sources
  • Women in the performing arts--History--Sources
  • Women in the theater--United States--History--Sources
  • Women motion picture producers and directors--History--Sources


APPENDIX: Title List

Articles

  • Arant, Farilie. "America's 'First Man of the Stage' Thomas Cooper." John F. Kennedy Center Program Magazine, Oct.-Nov., 1971-72 season.
  • Cohen, Debra. Untitled article on the work of Meredith Monk
  • Herzel, Roger. Untitled article. Concerns English comedies of the 18th century, especially the changing role of the senex.
  • Hewitt, Barnard. "Mrs. John Wood and the Lost Art of Burlesque Acting." Educational Theater Journal, vol. XIII, no. 2, May 1961
  • Jenkins, Linda Walsh. "Women in Performing Arts: An Overview."
  • Macer-Story, Eugenia. "Drama for Health: Principles, Sources and Modern Use of the 'Wu-p'o' Tradition." Eugenia Story, 1975
  • Magnus, Dorothy B. "Matriarchs of the Regional Theater." Delivered at the August, 1975 ATA Convention.
  • Matlack, Cynthia Sutherland. "On the Affinity between the Historiography of Theatre History and Women Studies." Preliminary Symposium: The Historiography of Theatre History, Ohio State University, April, 1974.
  • Wilmeth, Don Burton. "Margo Jones Theater." From his dissertation, University of Illinois: Department of Speech and Drama, 1964

Tapes

  • Leontovich, Eugenie. Chinoy Interview, 1968
  • Terry, Megan. May 1976, Smith College
  • "A Salute to Women in American Theatre." Florida State University, Tallahassee participants: Ann Burr, Celeste Holm, Audrey Wood, Dorothy Olim, Vinie Burrows, Ethel Barrymore Colt, Jean Dalrymple, Patricia Zippordt, Cheryl Crawford.

Plays

  • Albee, Gliria. Medea. 1973
  • Asher, Sandra Fenichel.
    • How I Nearly Changed the World, But Didn't (Not Yet Anyway).
    • Afterthoughts in Eden, 1972
  • Ausubel, Bobbi. Focus on Me.
  • Boesing, Martha
    • The Gelding, June 1974
    • Pimp, October 1974
    • Pimp, A One-Act Play for Three Women, November 1977
  • Brindley, Penelope. The Transformations.
  • Burnham, Sophy. Penelope, 1976
  • Caravan Theater, Cambridge, MA. How to Make a Woman.
  • Flanagan, Hallie and Clifford Margaret Ellen. Can you Hear Their Voices? 1931.
  • Gates, Joanne E. Aphra Behn: Playwright.
  • Gustafson, Anita. Aunt Ealdgyth is Coming Today! Stand Back!, 1975
  • LaTempa, Susan.
    • Ladies' Room. Suedan Press, 1975
    • A Play of One's Own…The Story of Virginia Woolf, 1974
    • The Receptionist. Suedan Press, 1975
  • Morris, Liz. Minnie's Last Jig, 1976
  • Nass, Elyse. . Love from the Madhouse, 1972
  • Presson, Jay. Stars in a Person's Backyard.
  • Terry, Megan. Approaching Simone, 1973
  • Thompson, Louise. Impressions of Loving.
  • Wilshire, Donna. A Revolution is a Circle, 1976.

Dissertations

  • Abrahamson, Irving. The Career of Rachel Corothers in the American Drama. University of Chicago: Department of English, 1956
  • Dodge, Caroline. Rosamond Gilder and the Theater. University of Illinois: Department of Theater, 1973
  • Epolito, Joseph. A Study of Characters in Selected Plays of William Inge. Ohio State University: Department of Theater, 1974
  • Hitchcock, Ned II. Dancing Ground: An approach to the Criticism of Modern Dance. Case Western Reserve University: Department of Theater, 1973
  • Humble, Alberta L. Matilda Heron, American Actress. University of Illinois: Department of Theater, 1959
  • Klein, Elaine S. The Development of the Leading Feminine Character in Selected Librettos of American Musicals from 1900 to 1960. Columbia University: Department of Education, 1962
  • Loganbill, G. Bruce. Cornelia Otis Skinner and Her Art Form of Monologue Drama. Michigan State: Department of Speech and Drama, 1961
  • McKerrow, Margaret. A Descrptive Study of the Acting of Alla Nazimova. San Diego State University: Department of Drama, 1961
  • Margetts, Ralph E. A Study of the Theatrical Career of Julia Dean Hayne. University of Utah: Department of Speech and Drama, 1959
  • Mendoza, Barbara. Hallie Flanagan. Her Role in American Theater 1924-1935. New York University: Arts Professions 1975
  • Moss, Lynda. An Historical Study of Katherine Cornell as an Actress - Producer: 1961-1960. University of Southern California: Department of Theater, 1972
  • Schaffer, Pauline Wright. The Position of Women in Society as Reflected in Serious American Drama from 1890-1928. Stanford University: Department of Speech and Drama, 1965
  • Schanke, Robert A. Eva LeGallienne--Actress, Director, Manager. University of Nebraska: Department of Theater, 1975
  • Schlundt, Christena Lindborg. The Role of Ruth St. Denis in the History of American Dance, 1906-1922. Claremont College: Department of Speech and Drama, 1958
  • Small, Miriam. The Life and Literary Relations of Charlotte LennoxThe Life and Literary Relations of Charlotte Lennox. Yale University: Department of English, 1945
  • Swain, James W. Mrs. Alexander Drake, A Biographical Study. Tulane University: Department of Theater, 1970
  • McPherson, Michael L. Lillian Hellman and Her Critics. University of Denver: Department of Theater, 1976
  • Kaplan, Zoe Coralnick. Women in Focus in Major Plays and Productions of Rachel Corothers. City University of New York, Ph.D., 1979, Theatre
  • Stephens, Judith Louise. The Central Female Characters in the Pulitzer Prize Plays, 1918-1949. Kent State University: Graduate College, 1977, Ph.D.

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